Music in Film
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NMUS 3761
Course Format: Lecture
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Music History, Theory & Criticism
  • Musical Analysis
This course explores the significance of music and sound in the medium of film. We consider live music traditions during the silent era, the role of music in early talkies, the golden age of the Hollywood musical, popular music and the movie soundtrack, collaborations between composers and directors, and the art of film scoring. Historical and cultural issues are addressed but the emphasis is on the importance of music to the film-viewing experience. Composers considered include Max Steiner (Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, King Kong), Aaron Copland (Our Town, Of Mice and Men), Bernard Herrmann (Psycho, Vertigo, Citizen Kane), Danny Elfman (Batman), and Nino Rota (The Godfather).
Course Open to: Degree Students